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Game on with steel, says aluminum supplier Novelis
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Phil Martens, CEO of aluminum giant Novelis, knows both sides of the auto metals business. ...


Saab parts sales thrive without showrooms
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Saab may have shipped its last car to North America three years ago, but the business of supplying parts for the estimated 450,000 Saabs on American roads goes on. ...


Is Saab defunct? Not at this dealership
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Nearly all Saab dealers reached a dead end after the Swedish brand's bankruptcy in 2011. But not Park Ave Saab in Maywood, N.J. ...


Bouncing back in 'a different world' of car sales
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Florida dealer George Nahas, the 2002 Time Quality Dealer Award winner, lost two General Motors franchises: Oldsmobile in 2004 and Saturn five years later. ...


Tom Kowaleski, PR mastermind for Chrysler, dies at 63
11:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20 | UPDATED: 1/21/15 10:56 am ET - adds reactions, photo
Tom Kowaleski, who held key communications jobs for Chrysler, GM, BMW and most recently, Lincoln, died Tuesday. ...


Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20
It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company. ...


Purchasing chief: Thriving suppliers are good for GM
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
If Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is looking for an ally to wring price concessions from suppliers, he won't find one in Steve Kiefer, General Motor ...


JLR dealers must get out in front of leases
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Surging demand in China and Europe has Jaguar Land Rover struggling to meet U.S. demand for its hot-selling SUVs, such as the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. ...


The 5 most important models at the 2015 Detroit auto show
11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13
With more than 40 production cars and concepts introduced, there is no shortage of interesting, technically advanced and noteworthy coupes, sedans and light trucks -- eve ...


Nifty Acura NSX press kit hits eBay
8:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Acura introduced the production version of the NSX on Monday at the North American International Auto Show and the spiffy press kit already is for sale. ...



Ram 1500's highway mpg rises to 29
1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/13/15 3:59 pm ET - adds details
Ram has added a bit more daylight between the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford's redesigned lightweight F-150 in the highway fuel economy race. ...


GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV
11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13
Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely. ...


Why Nissan's overhauled Titan falls short of the mountaintop
9:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
The redesigned Titan will be a technically excellent truck, powerful, capable, durable. But on the roads of Texas and elsewhere, it will be invisible. ...


Pohanka body shops sold to repair chain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
A major body shop chain has acquired Pohanka Collision Centers, a 12-store auto body shop group in Maryland and Virginia affiliated with Pohanka Automotive Group. ...


Why falling fuel prices are bad, bad news
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Cheap gasoline usually brings higher incentives on hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars -- making it harder for automakers and suppliers to sell them at a profit. ...


JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box an ...


Chat with Nissan's CEO on Monday
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10

Do you have a burning question about the redesigned Titan pickup scheduled to be unveiled on Monday? Or maybe the Leaf? Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is holding an ...



Nissan, NASA form r&d pact to develop, deploy autonomous vehicles
8:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8 | UPDATED: 1/8/15 9:30 pm ET - adds details
Nissan and NASA formed a five-year pact to develop the technologies that will enable autonomous driving. ...


JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems
6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8
Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 p ...


The downside of low fuel prices
11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6
If oil prices keep falling, there is a real danger that the billions invested by automakers and suppliers on smaller, cleaner-running and more fuel-efficient engines, on ...


Detroit Electric’s sports car takes shape
11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6
It’s been slow in coming, but the Detroit Electric sports car is taking shape. ...


GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 | UPDATED: 1/5/15 11:12 am ET - adds details, videos
General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night ...


GM expects 15% mpg gain from new cylinder deactivation system
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5
GM says a new infinitely variable cylinder deactivation system it has been developing with a Silicon Valley start-up can boost the fuel economy of gasoline engines by as ...


Do auto designers have a shelf life?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4
Car designers and actors have at least one thing in common: The lead roles tend to become harder to land with age. ...


Is Saab defunct? Not at this dealership
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29
Nearly all Saab dealers reached a dead end after the Swedish brand's bankruptcy in 2011. But not Park Ave Saab in Maywood, N.J. ...


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